City invests $1 million to increase efforts to combat Emerald Ash Borer

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City of Ottawa

Today City Council approved the investment of $1 million in additional funds to increase tree planting and injection activities as part of the City's Emerald Ash Borer Strategy.

"Residents have clearly expressed a desire for the City to take more aggressive action to combat Emerald Ash Borer", said Mayor Watson. "Ottawa was one of the first cities to have an Ash Borer Strategy and now, thanks to the additional funds approved by Council today, we have the resources to be even more proactive."

"Emerald Ash Borer is a problem that the City takes seriously", said Councillor Maria McRae. "These funds will allow for the protection of more trees through the City's injection program and in addition, the City will plant more new trees throughout Ottawa this year. It is a significant investment."

Today's decision releases $1million in funding from the Environmental Resource Areas Acquisition Reserve Fund as a one-time investment for the planting and injection of additional trees in 2012 as part of the City's Emerald Ash Borer Strategy. Emerald Ash Borer was discovered first in Ottawa in July of 2008 and the City implemented its first treatment and removal programs within months.